Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tablescape Thursday/Wedding Planning

Tablescape Thursday/Wedding Planning

Here we are again for another Tablescape Thursday thanks to Susan from Between Naps on the Porch. I had said in an earlier post that I would share some photos of the Wedding that I helped to plan on October 3rd. I thought today would be good for sharing these photos.

The wedding took place at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. It is a beautiful old hotel rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake and opened in 1909. This year is the 100th anniversary for the hotel.
I will show you a few designs of tablescapes for the place card, cake and breakfast buffet the morning after the wedding. First let me show you where the ceremony took place.

This is called the Sunset Court on the second floor of the hotel. The hotel staff set the chairs nicely accordingly to the bride and my specifications. There is an atrium for the ceiling so natural and mood lighting occurs nicely in this area. We added some florals on stands down the isle as well as rose petals to line the runner. The palm trees were a great backdrop for the ceremony area. In the center was the unity candles that the mothers and then bride and groom lite. It was beautiful.
Here is where the cocktail hour took place. This is a before shot of the place card table.

Here is the same table with the floral arrangement and place card and favors arranged on the table. The floral had fall flowers, tall curly willow and pears.
Here is the gift and guest book table. Instead of an actual book to sign the bride wanted to use note cards and a box to hold advice and good wishes for the newly married couple. The wired bowl was for gift cards. This picture takes place before the guests arrive.

Here is the set up of the cake table. The cake was beautiful. Fresh flowers were place on the cake after it was placed on the table. We added votive candles the throw away bouquet and the champagne flutes and cake knives for the couple.This is a picture of the centerpieces for the guest tables before they are placed on the table. Since I was in twenty places at one time on this day I did not get a picture of the guest tables set for dinner.

The wedding was beautiful and everything went off without any problems and on time. They were a very happy couple. The next morning, we had breakfast for the guests. It was held in the French Parlor of the hotel. This is such a beautiful room and over looks the garden court of the hotel.

We reused the centerpieces from the wedding for the tables at the breakfast. These centerpieces were great because we were able to use them in three different places. The first was at the ceremony.

Here is the buffet table for breakfast. I added rose petals to the plate table and arranged the floral and gave some height to the table as well.

Here is the arrangement given some height on the buffet table and in the background is a leaded glass window overlooking the garden court below.
Here is a picture of the Garden Court from the window . Isn't it gorgeous.
Another picture of the buffet table from a different view and again the interior windows that open and look to the garden court.

This was truly a dream wedding, beautiful location, very well planned (I did that mostly), and wonderful bride and groom. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share this day with you all. One last picture of the Anniversary cake in the lobby of the hotel. This cake was done by Ace of Cakes!.
Wow that is all I can say, this cake is incredible. Every tier represents a decade of the hotel with different features of the hotel recreated in this cake. Thanks again to Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for hosted. If you would like to see more pictures of the wedding you can go to Peter Bruce Photography. He did a wonderful job photographing this special day.
I had such fun being the wedding planner for this couple!. Any one else need a planner?


  1. Whoa! Fabulous wedding. Gorgeous floral arrangments, and that square cake is so different and beautiful. Wedding cakes are SO different than they were when i got married!
    So much more creative.

  2. How stunning! That is one of the most amazing wedding cakes I have EVER seen. Thanks for posting these great photos.
    Best wishes, NM.

  3. What fun - I love that cake - did you get a piece ?

  4. That cake is marvelous, wow, the whole post is full of wonderful pictures of a great day...I had a nice visit

  5. what a beautiful place for a wedding!!WOW!!